Coconut Island (Mokuola)

Explore Coconut Island’s healing history, natural beauty, and serene views in Hilo Bay, Hawaii. Enjoy strolls, sea pool swims, and picturesque scenery.

Coconut Island (Mokuola) is a Heritage Site located in the city of Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Coconut Island (Mokuola)


  • Overview: Coconut Island, or Mokuola, is a small, picturesque island situated in Hilo Bay on Big Island, Hawaii. Accessible via a pedestrian footbridge from Liliuokalani Gardens, this charming destination offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and healing traditions.
  • Highlights: The island’s main highlight is its rich history as a place of healing and curative powers in ancient Hawaii. Today, visitors can still find the Pua’akaheka sea pool and the Papa a Hina stone, both of which are connected to the island’s healing traditions.
  • Activities: While at Coconut Island (Mokuola), visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the island, take a refreshing swim in the sea pool, or simply relax and soak in the stunning views of Hilo Bay and the surrounding gardens.
  • Information: Coconut Island (Mokuola) is open to the public daily, with no entrance fees. The best time to visit is during the morning or late afternoon hours when the weather is cooler and the island is less crowded.
  • History & Significance: In ancient Hawaii, Coconut Island (Mokuola) was known for its curative spring waters and healing powers. The island was believed to have the ability to heal the sick who swam around one of its rocks, and the umbilical cords of newborns were placed under the Papa a Hina stone to ensure a healthy life.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Coconut Island (Mokuola), consider bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the island, and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful scenery. Additionally, while the island is generally safe, it’s important to be mindful of the ocean conditions and currents when swimming in the sea pool.

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